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Book 2 of 3 in the Tankborn Series

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Gr 8 Up-Kayla, the central character from Tankborn (Lee & Low, 2011), returns in this thought-provoking sequel. She is still a GEN, a Genetically Engineered Non-Human, even though she has had several opportunities to receive the treatment that would dissolve her circuitry and let her pass for a lowborn. She has a new assignment: to assist lowborn Risa in delivering goods while they work undercover for the Kinship. Kayla's star-crossed love interest, trueborn Devak, and his grandfather, Zul, are barely hanging onto their high status after Devak's father was imprisoned. Helping the Kinship conquer the social inequalities among the classes takes a backseat in this story to two new problems: a virus that affects only GENs and the identity of the group behind the bombings in several GEN sectors. As the food supply for GENs lessens, and more of them are infected, the appearance of GENs who can heal others by touch only confuses things more. Kayla grows stronger as an individual, and there is plenty of attention paid to her relationship with Devak. Some minor characters, like Devak's friend Junjie, are rounded out while others stay one-dimensional. A few scenes seem to drag on, but overall pacing is good. There is a helpful glossary of unfamiliar terms, but this book is best read as a sequel and not as a stand-alone. It's a solid second act with a cliff-hanger that will have readers restless for the third installment.-Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Newcomers to the Tankborn series will need some time to become familiar with the created world and words (the glossary at the end helps), the rigid caste system, and the concept of genetically engineered characters. The prologue here introduces Raashida, a GEN with healing powers, but only astute readers will remember her when she later reappears. The GEN protagonist, Kayla, has her assignment: working with lowborn Risa, making deliveries in the lorry. Traveling from sector to sector gives them freedom to transmit information and secretly pass datapods for the Kinship, which Kayla hopes will lessen the encounters with her former trueborn boyfriend, Devak. New characters, a new disease, new plot twists and factions, and undercurrents of mistrust and unrest abound, leaving readers hoping for solutions in the third installment. Grades 7-10. --J. B. Petty

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Product Details

  • Series: Tankborn Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tu Books (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600609821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600609824
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Karen Sandler published numerous romances for adults in the late '90s and early 2000s, then shifted to young adult with the science fiction Tankborn Trilogy, which includes TANKBORN, AWAKENING, and REBELLION by Lee and Low/Tu Books. She is also the author of the gritty Janelle Watkins Investigations mystery series, which includes CLEAN BURN and HANGTOWN.

In addition to writing novels, Karen loves riding dressage and is also an avid folk dancer. She lives in Northern California with her husband and dance partner, Gary, and two cats--pleasingly plump Tenka and formerly feral Zak. For more about Karen, visit http://www.karensandler.net or tweet her at @karensandlerYA (young adult) or @karensandler (mysteries and romances).

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Format: Hardcover
I loved the diversity of Awakening, but was confused for most of my reading. It is in the reader’s
best interest to read Tankborn, before picking up Awakening. A lot happened in the earlier book that I wish I had been aware of before I read Awakening. Other than that confusion, I really liked Awakening.
Sandler has a great variety of characters and tells a good story. Kayla is a Kinship spy, a
dangerous endeavor, and a horrible virus is on the loose. Also, Kayla is unsure if Kinship is as good as it seems. Kayla grows enormously as a character during Awakening and it was great to see! Also
impressive is Sandler’s ability to weave together all the plots and intrigue taking place. This book is
complicated, but Sandler kept all the plots moving together at a good pace.
My only complaint about the plot (besides my initial confusion) is that there was practically no
romance. YA needs romance. That being said, this is definitely young adult territory, although adult
readers could definitely enjoy Sandler’s work, too. I am excited to read the next book; I expect things will heat up between Kayla and the love interest!

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Pros: great characters, complex story, multi-racial cast

Cons: Kayla and Devak's waffling with regards to their relationship got a bit irritating, several plot twists were obvious

It's been several months since the events of Tankborn and Kayla misses Devak. He's been avoiding meeting with her and she's not entirely sure why. Her transport job with Risa has kept her from visiting home and though she's done a lot of work for the kinship, transporting information and materials, she's not as sure their goals are in line with hers anymore.

Two other matters concern her: the spread of the Scratch, a plague that only infects GENs, one their internal circuitry can't cure, with a 100% mortality rate. That is, 100% until one victim came back to life with the ability to heal others. And the graffiti scribbled on the door of a warehouse that blows up: Freedom. Humanity. Equality.

This is a great book with a series of complex, interconnected plots. The characters are great, with a mix of races represented, and a positive portrayal of a lesbian couple.

Kayla's dealing with several issues, both in her love life and with regards to her treatment by the kin. She's fed up letting people mess with her brain without explaining what they're doing, even if it's just to transport information from one group to another.

While I found her relationship issues with Devak a bit irritating over the course of the book, I acknowledge that it's a realistic portrayal of how two sixteen year olds react in the face of challenges they hope - perhaps without hope - to overcome. Devak's realized just how hard a relationship with a GEN would be, and even if Kayla took the treatment that would turn her into a lowborn, a life together would be difficult.
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I picked this book up with great anticipation after reading Tankborn. I wanted to know what was next for Kayla and Devak. Unfortunately, when I put the book down, I was still at a loss.

Awakening moves very slowly. The action takes place several months after Tankborn ends, after Kayla gave up her chance to achieve Lowborn status in order to fight for underground working to acheive equality for Gens. Only, that isn't that isn't heir real objective she realizes as she notes how many members of the leadership still look down on Gens.

Kayla wanders around the countryside, and the pages. Her role with the Gen underground has her traveling and delivering messages and supplies. A disease is running across the land, striking only GENS. Sick GENS are being rounded up and taken away. At the same time a new drug has become available for Highborns, one that can restore strength and fitness. No one seems able to connect the dots between these developments, not even Devak or his grandfather, who is both a member of the underground and a recipient of this medication.

Likewise, although Kayla is suspicious of the new Gen who joins her caravan, no matter what he does, she never acts on her suspicions. Coincidence should only be accepted for so long. Then there was Devak, the boy she loved. The first time he lamented on the impossibility of there being anything between a GEN and a Highborn, I sympathized. But it kept happening every time we were in his point of view.

I really wish someone had taken a few pages out of the story. It took too long to come to any kind of conclusion. While it ended with a bang (literally) I can only hope book three regains the vitality of book one.
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This book is fast paced and easy to keep up with. If your into things like a forbidden love, an evil scientist and some unknown group putting information into your head all the while fighting for not only ypur freedom but also your life around every twist and turn. Then this is the story for you. This is a well written book in an inspiring other world series *I would advice readers to read tankborn first*
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